From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Albert Bailey, Jr. '61

Date of birth: September 1, 1939

Date of death: August 24, 1978

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1961 Lucky Bag:


Skip was lost when his US-2B Tracker aircraft crashed short of NAS Weymouth, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1978. The other crewman was also killed.

This series of forum posts contains many details of the crash and surrounding circumstances.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Graduated in 1957 from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. Activities: Student Council; Elms 2, 4; Cum Laude 3, 4; Glee Club 3, 4, Autumn Frolic 2, 3, 4; Debating 3, 4; Football J. V. 1, 2; V 3, 4; Basketball J. V. 1, 2, 3, V 4; Baseball 1, 2, 3, 4; Debating Prize 3; Citizenship Award 3. He wrote a note to the yearbook owner and signed his name Skip (“The Hayseed.”) In the Last Will, he left his skis and dog sled to the next boy to venture here from that great northern wilderness, North Weare, New Hampshire.

In May 1970, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Air Reserve at NAS South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was a member of Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron VS-72 at the station and joined the “Weekend Warrior” squadron.

Survived by his wife, three sons, and parents Albert and Ruth.

He is buried in New Hampshire.

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Class of 1961

Albert is one of 23 members of the Class of 1961 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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